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David Oistrakh

David Oistrakh is considered the premiere violinist of mid-20th century Soviet Union. His recorded legacy includes nearly the entire standard violin repertory up to and including Prokofiev and Bartók. Oistrakh's violin studies began in 1913 with famed teacher Pyotr Stolyarsky. Later he officially joined Stolyarsky's class at the Odessa Conservatory, graduating in 1926 by playing Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto. Performances of the Glazunov concerto in Odessa and Kiev in 1927, and a 1928 debut in Leningrad (Tchaikovsky concerto), gave Oistrakh the confidence to move to Moscow. He made his premiere there in early 1929, but the event went largely unnoticed. In 1934, however, after several years of patiently refining his craft, Oistrakh was invited to join the Moscow Conservatory, eventually rising to the rank of full professor in 1939.

Soviet composers began to take notice of their young compatriot, enabling Oistrakh to work closely with Myaskovsky and Khachaturian on their concertos in 1939 and 1940, respectively. In addition, his close friendship with Shostakovich led the composer to write two concertos for the instrument (the first of which Oistrakh played at his, and its, triumphant American premiere in 1955).

The remaining decades of Oistrakh's life were devoted to maintaining the highest possible standards of excellence throughout an exhausting touring schedule (he returned to the U.S. six times in the 1960s), and he began a small but successful sideline career as an orchestral conductor. His death came suddenly in Amsterdam in 1974, during a cycle of Brahms concerts in which he both played and conducted. Oistrakh's unexpected death left a void in the Soviet musical world which was never really filled.

Throughout his career David Oistrakh was known for his honest, warm personality; he developed close friendships with many of the leading musicians of the day. His violin technique was virtually flawless, though he never allowed purely physical matters to dominate his musical performances. He always demanded of himself (and his students) that musical proficiency, intelligence, and emotion be in balance, regardless of the particular style. Oistrakh felt that a violinist's essence was communicated through clever and subtle use of the bow, and not through overly expressive use of vibrato. To this end he developed a remarkably relaxed, flexible right arm technique, capable of producing the most delicate expressive nuances, but equally capable of generating great volume and projection.

As a teacher, David Oistrakh maintained that a teacher should do no more than necessary to help guide the student toward his or her own solutions to technical and interpretive difficulties. He rarely played during lessons, fearing that he might distract the student from developing a more individual approach, and even encouraged his students to challenge his interpretations. Perhaps the best evidence of the Oistrakh's gift for teaching is that he felt that he gained as much from the teaching experience as his students did.
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Track List: The Devil's Trill: Showpieces for violin & piano

Composer: Giuseppe Tartini
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In G Minor, B. G5 ("The Devil's Trill")

1. Sonata For Violin & Continuo In G Minor, B. G5 ("The Devil's Trill"): I. Largheto Affettuoso

2. Sonata For Violin & Continuo In G Minor, B. G5 ("The Devil's Trill"): II. Allegro (Tempo Giusto Della Scuola Tartinista)

3. Sonata For Violin & Continuo In G Minor, B. G5 ("The Devil's Trill"): III. Andante - Allegro Assai - Andante - Allegro Assai - Andante - Allegro Assai

4. Sonata For Violin & Continuo In G Minor, B. G5 ("The Devil's Trill"): IV. Cadenza - Adagio

Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Clair De Lune, For Orchestra Or Various Other Arrangements (From "Suite Bergamasque" For Piano), L. 75/3

5. Clair De Lune, For Orchestra Or Various Other Arrangements (From "Suite Bergamasque" For Piano), L. 75/3: Clair De Lune

Composer: Manuel de Falla
Title: Suite Populaire Espagnole, For Violin & Piano (arr. From "Popular Spanish Songs" By Kochanski)

6. Suite Populaire Espagnole, For Violin & Piano (arr. From "Popular Spanish Songs" By Kochanski): IV. Jota

Composer: Eugene Ysaÿe
Title: Extase, Op 18

7. Extase, Op 18: Extase Op.21

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: Valse-scherzo, For Violin & Orchestra (or Violin & Piano) In C Major, Op. 34

8. Valse-scherzo, For Violin & Orchestra (or Violin & Piano) In C Major, Op. 34: Valse-scherzo Op.34

Composer: Josef Suk (composer)
Title: Pieces (6) For Piano, Op 7

9. Pieces (6) For Piano, Op 7: I. Love-song

Composer: Zoltán Kodály
Title: Kállai Kettos (Kállo Double Dance), For Violin & Piano (Kodály Authorized Arrangement By Fejgin)

10. Kállai Kettos (Kállo Double Dance), For Violin & Piano (Kodály Authorized Arrangement By Fejgin): Hungarian Folk-dances

Composer: Henryk Wieniawski
Title: Légende, For Violin & Orchestra (or Piano) In G Minor, Op. 17

11. Légende, For Violin & Orchestra (or Piano) In G Minor, Op. 17: Legende Op.17

Composer: Aleksander Zarzycki
Title: Mazurka For Violin & Piano In G, Op 26

12. Mazurka For Violin & Piano In G, Op 26: Mazurka Op.26

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jzava27
For the ones we like David Oistrakh can you please play music with him playing, not "similars"
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For the ones we like David Oistralh can you please
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LOVE THE WAY THE HE DOES MUSIC
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pc7378
Mendelssohn & Tchaikovsky & Bach concertos are my favorites of D. Oistrakh.... . p l e a s e play these

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